How To: Turn Used Candles Into Vases

I have a bit of a candle addiction. I love them so much that my neighbor gave me one for Christmas because she sees that I even like to light them in lanterns in the garden. How sweet is that?! I’ve been hoarding the glasses of used candles because they are perfect sizes for tiny floral bouquets. (Another guilty pleasure of mine? Fresh flowers every week.)

Here’s how you can recycle your candles:

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1. Place your candles on trivets or hot plates while you boil water in your tea pot.
2. Pour boiling water into each of your candles and fill to the top. You’ll start to see the wax melt and travel to the top of the candle holder.
3. Wait for wax to solidify. Once it gets solid (may still be a bit gooey) take it out with your hands and discard. Be careful – the water can still be hot!
4. Once you remove the wax pieces, wash with soap and water.

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Voila! It’s that easy! The whole process takes about 15 minutes. Now I have a ton of small vases that are perfect for low arrangements for dinner parties.

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our first christmas as mr. and mrs.

On Saturday Ryan and I celebrated Christmas early with his mom. The holidays are always so crazy with splitting time between families so she’s always preferred to celebrate a week before or after the holiday. I made a glazed ham, roasted veggies, and an apple pie for dessert and even got a “best pie ever” from my food critic/10 year old nephew.

It was my first “holiday” that I was able to host, and my heart swelled with happiness just listening to everyone laughing and enjoying themselves. It finally made our new place feel more like a home. My favorite part of the night was watching the kids rip open their gifts, and then seeing their confused faces when the paper was off. Because I knew they were going to shake the boxes, I concealed their gifts in boxes we had in the basement… just a box for a personal heater, and a sump pump box. I still laugh because they thought we really bought them those gifts.

Below are some decorations from around the house. I love the warmth of the Christmas lights and fireplace, and the coziness of the red throughout. Makes me feel like I need to add more color throughout our neutral space. Hmmm…. another project?

Brick fireplace with Christmas garland and lights

Christmas tree and stockings on the stairs

Christmas tree, brick fireplace and lighted garland

Chalk drawing of Santa Claus by Ryan

Mini lighted Christmas tree with angel

Vintage Christmas village from Ryan's grandmother

Christmas stockings and garland on the staircase

Lisa in front of the Christmas tree

Me in my Mrs. Claus apron. :)

rudolph the red nosed light bulb

This past Friday was our annual Christmastime sleepover with our nephews! Every year we have them sleep over to make¬†christmas ornaments, cook a delicious dinner, stay up too late and spend some quality time without any parents around. :) Without their parents listening, Alex can be comfortable to tell us that he broke up with his girlfriend because she was mean. (He’s 7) …And Tyler can whisper to me, as I prepare dinner, that he has a crush on a girl in his class. I can teach them how to chop a tomato carefully, I can teach them what a painting palette is, and I can inspire them to love arts and crafts as much as I do. These little things make feel so lucky to have this special role in their lives.

This years ornament was made with painted recycled light bulbs, googly eyes, and pipe cleaners. I love that it repurposes household items and has that fragile, traditional ornament quality. By the end of the night, the kids were so sleepy and asking to go to bed. As I tucked them in and kissed them goodnight, they both sighed the deepest sigh and whispered, “I love you so much, Aunt Lisa”. It was dark so they didn’t see the tears in my eyes. I don’t want to blink because their growing up too fast.

DIY Christmas ornaments - Rudolph the red nose reindeer light bulb supplies

Alex painting the DIY Christmas Ornament - Rudolph

Ryan and Tyler painting DIY Christmas Ornaments

The boys painting their DIY Christmas ornaments

DIY Christmas Ornament - Rudolph light bulbs painted

The artist and his DIY Rudolph Christmas ornament

Rudolph DIY Christmas ornament on the tree

Rudolph DIY Christmas ornament on the tree - Tyler's

my outrageous, over the top wish list

This year was the first year I didn’t have anything on a Christmas wish list.

I asked my best friend what she was asking for, and the trouble started there. She emailed me her wish list (which she also emailed to her parents and boyfriend), breaking down each item down by category (books, dvd’s, clothes…). I was impressed, but I couldn’t help but laugh because of her organization and how she even included links for each item. I’ve gotten some inspiration from my very stylish friend and now my wish list has spiraled out of control. Sorry Ry… It’s all Dana’s fault. :)

Michael Kohrs Bedford Medium Dressy Tote Brown Leather

Michael Kohrs Purse (…to tuck my fabric samples and floor plans in for business meetings.)

Silk cashmere scarf

Watercolor inspired cashmere and silk scarf

American Eagle jeggings

Jeggings my cousin wore for this years Thankgsiving feast. (…and a few long sweaters to snuggle up in!)

Steven Gambrel Time & Place Book

One of my favorite designers first book.

Piet Boon 2 Book

Classic modern design.

Fun costume jewelry

Fun costume jewelry to accessory my every day classic pieces.

Comfy winter socks

Another pair of my favorite cozy socks. (…perfect for knee high boots and jeggings.)

Ahava mineral hand cream

The only lotion I will ever use.

Ikea Billy bookcase

3 Bookcases to create a reading nook like this Thom Filicia space.

Thom Filicia - bright library

Sheepskin rug

Teeny sheepskin rug, to put on my office chair or whatever place needs a comfy spot.

Essie nail polish

My favorite red nail polish.

And just for fun… ;)

2012 White VW Jetta

A 2011 Jetta, since my 2001 Jetta’s bumpers are literally falling off.

Diamond stud earrings

Classic diamond stud earrings… on my lifetime wish list.